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Siltation hits 1,100 bighas of crop land in Nalbari

An agricultural field at Amani village in Nalbari district hit severely by siltation after the recent floods. – Photo: Nalbari Correspondent
 NALBARI, Aug 8 - Amani village under Paschim Nalbari revenue circle is known for agriculture. Most of the people of the small village are involved in farming, and many people from other villages have migrated to Amani only for agricultural purposes and have settled there.

However, in the recent floods, the village was completely devastated by the overflowing waters of the Buhradia river. The river breached its left embankment at Hatipota, which transformed hundreds of bighas of crop land into barren land. The flood washed away around 200 metres of the embankment. In many places, farmers have lamented that the floodwaters deposited waist-high silt over their crops.

Ranjit Barman, a progressive farmer of Amani village, said the flood led to deposition of silt on his sali crops in his four bighas of land.

“Earlier, we used to be so busy in our crop fields cultivating sali crops during this time. We had no time to talk. However, this time, due to the devastation caused by the floods, we are not in a position to cultivate sali crops on our land,” Barman lamented in front of this correspondent.

Barman, who is also a panchayat member of the village, said that around 1,100 bighas of crop land have been damaged due to the floods.

Barman has 16 bighas of land, but four bighas of crops were destroyed. “The flood deposited waist-high silt on my land,” he stated.

Heavy silt deposition also damaged the crops of Majnur Ali (four bighas), Khagen Barman (four bighas), Anil Barman, Guna Barman, Nripen Barman and Mahendra Barman of the village. Mahendra Barman, a divyang farmer, incurred heavy losses due to the flood, as the overflowing river created a canal on his land.

The villagers have urged the authorities to repair the breached portion of the embankment as soon as possible.

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